Land grabbers to face wrath of the law


Government has assured Zambians that the rampant spate of land and property grabbing that had rocked the country in the recent past is now under control.


Minister of Defence Edgar Lungu said government has put in place mechanisms to ensure that people enjoy their right to life and property without any infringement.


He expressed displeasure at the rising impunity by citizens encroaching land in urban areas and taking the law into their own hands.


He said this today when he commissioned and handed over the newly built Embassy Police post to the Zambia Police Service in Chawama constituency in Lusaka today.


Mr. Lungu, who is also Chawama Member of Parliament, said government has intensified efforts to build police posts in order to combat crime and provide security in the communities.


He said government was tirelessly working hard towards reducing crime in the country by 50 percent as espoused in the 2013 -2016 police service strategic plan.


He commended Clicks-Zambia Limited and a consortium of companies for constructing the Police Post at a cost of over K500, 000 with Higer Zambia donating a pick-up-vehicle for police patrols.


Mr. Lungu has meanwhile urged police officers to be professional in their work and provide a good service to the public.


He also warned the public to desist from harbouring criminals terrorising communities saying this was punishable by law.


The Chawama law maker assured the public that more police posts will be built in the constituency in order to secure the area.


And speaking earlier, Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said the new police post will guarantee police presence and reduce crime in Chawama and the surrounding areas.


Ms. Libongani said the new infrastructure, which has detention facilities, will help the Police Service to observe human rights of the detainees.


And speaking at the same function, Clicks- Zambia Director Akhi Arki said the donation was part of his company’s corporate social responsibility of improving security in Chawama constituency.